180 gram vinyl LP in Gatefold packaging
"Time Out" was an unusual album from the start, as it featured unusual time signatures on all of its tracks. While most tunes in occidental popular music are in 4/4, alternating with the 3/4 waltz form here and there, "Time Out" was devoted to rhythms that had never been previously heard in jazz.
It took Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, and all of the members of the group by surprise when such an experimental LP became an absolute hit. Most of the songs were composed by Brubeck himself. However, one of the most catchy melodies, “Take Five”, was a Paul Desmond composition, and it would become the quartet’s most celebrated tune.
“Dave Brubeck’s defining masterpiece, "Time Out" is one of the most rhythmically innovative albums in jazz history”, wrote Steve Huey in All Music Guide, giving the album five stars. “The first to consciously exploretime signatures outside of the standard 4/4 beat or 3/4 waltz time,this belongs in even the most rudimentary jazz collection.”
PAUL DESMOND, alto sax
DAVE BRUBECK, piano
EUGENE WRIGHT, bass
JOE MORELLO, drums
A1 & B4: New York, August 18, 1959.
A2-A3: New York, July 1, 1959.
B1-B3: New York, June 25, 1959.
01 BLUE RONDO À LA TURK
02 STRANGE MEADOW LARK
03 TAKE FIVE
01 THREE TO GET READY
02 KATHY’S WALTZ
03 EVERYBODY’S JUMPIN’
04 PICK UP STICKS